Friday, November 15, 2013

Mouth to Mouth

Day 13 of 29 Days of Spiritual Messages.

Today's passage comes from The Gospel of Thomas, which predates any of the New Testament gospels by some twenty years. The Gospel of Thomas is part of the Nag Hammadi collection, sources discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945 and not endorsed by clerical authorities. In fact, these ancient texts were taken from the library of the earliest Christian monastery in Egypt and hidden after the archbishop of Alexandria ordered the monks to destroy all books he deemed "heretical."

In this gospel, Jesus speaks directly to Thomas and says:

"Whosoever drinks from my mouth will become as I am; and I will become that person; and the mysteries will be revealed to him."

Wow.

This doesn't sound like the Jesus presented in the canonized version of the Christian bible.

A different sense of communion emerges from this line of text. Rather than eating a wafer or a piece of bread, rather than drinking from a bejeweled chalice, we are told that drinking from the mouth of Jesus makes us one with him and makes him one with us. Of course this is not literal but symbolic.

This is a much more personalized approach to knowing and communing with Spirit. This is more than mouth to mouth. This is Being to Being, Essence to Essence, Spirit to Spirit. Jesus is merely a receptacle, a cistern, pouring forth the Divine from an endless place within himself to a place deep within us, awakening (resurrecting?) the Divine in us.

As we drink, we become.

It's no wonder clerical authorities deemed such texts heretical. This takes all the power away from them and places it directly on us.

This gospel is attributed to "Thomas the twin." In Hebrew literature, the name Thomas means "twin." This does not mean that Jesus had a twin brother. Again, this is a symbolic reference.

Page from Gospel of Thomas
When we partake of the Living Waters of the Spirit from the teachings of Jesus, what we are being offered is access to God right then and there without having to depend on outside authorities telling us what to do and how to do it. Instead, drinking from the mouth, from the Inner Fountain contained within Jesus, we discover at a deep level that we are indeed Jesus' "twin." We become the spiritual twin of Jesus.

This puts us on the same level as Jesus, toe to toe, eye to eye, mouth to mouth. We can choose to drink from the same Source from which Jesus himself drinks, or not. He offers us the choice. And should we take him up on his offer, he claims "the mysteries will be revealed to [us]." As we learn to live with our new identity, Source will reveal its wisdom to us as we continue to drink from it. It will teach us and guide us in the same ways it has taught and guided our twin, Jesus.

Blessings.

20 comments:

  1. WOW! Awesome, Penny. I have been fascinated by the possibilities of bible teachings without the religious baggage for a while and wanting to understand more, and here you come with your seemingly inexhaustible supply of spiritual teachings. I agree completely with these, what some would call, radical teachings of Jeshua. I attended a 'way of the heart' gathering last year which was much along the same lines. I loved it and felt like I'd come 'home' meeting my spiritual brothers and sisters. We literally are all one, we don't need anyone else, just our own willingness to learn and serve in our own way and in doing so we uncover more light in ourselves and the collective consciousness at the same time, because we are, in fact, all one. Loved it.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea!

      It's been a fascination of mine, too. From studying the Gnostic Gospels that were hidden away because they were deemed heretical by clerical authorities, we discover that the early Christian movement contained more diversity of viewpoints and practice than most Christians later acknowledged or even imagined. Looking at them you find a totally different kind of Jesus, one that has a more Eastern approach to spirituality. He has been too Westernized in my view.

      But thank you for your comments! We are all one!

      Blessings.
      Penny

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    2. I am really interested in the Gnostic teachings and am going to look into it more. My partner is a (reformed) Jehovah Witness and this sort of thing makes his teeth itch. lol. But I'm really interested in finding out more...and funnily enough, more links and Gnostic teachings suddenly plop into my awareness. Love it. Thanks Penny.

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    3. I think the Gnostic teachings will resonate with you. An author who is a brilliant scholar of the Gnostic gospels is Elaine Pagels. I've read all of her books. You can also order the Nag Hammadi texts which is the entire library of the Gnostic texts. Let me know how you make out! Would love to hear more about your experiences with this literature.
      :)
      Penny

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  2. I am fascinated by the knowledge that things have been hidden away to serve a single person's or group's agenda. Love it when it comes into the light. Great post. Enjoyed reading it. Thank you!! cuz Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea!

      Indeed! I'm sure there is much more that is hidden, but will someday come to light.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this and that it resonated with you.

      Blessings, Cuz!
      Penny

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  3. Beautiful Penny!
    God made man in his own image, not in shape, not in intelligence, not in eyes, not in hands or feet, but in his total inwardness. In here, is the image of God.
    Amen!
    Healthy blessings,
    Gena

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    1. Indeed, Gena.

      It has nothing to do with physicality, but everything to do with spirituality and our spiritual inheritance.

      Thanks for stopping in and sharing, Gena!
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  4. Hi Penny,

    never read any of the religious books. but it is good to know about it through your blogs. keep up the good work to enlighten people like me :)

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    1. Hi Amar!

      There are many of these books. Makes one wonder how many were lost or destroyed in antiquity that we will never see, all because of certain individuals and institutions had a particular agenda.

      I'll do my best to continue enlightening you :)

      Thank you for stopping in.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  5. Drinking from the mouth of the inner spirit ...love it...totally remeinds me of I've been thinking about that the universe God...how ever u quantity to put it lives inside of all us...its so true...since starting my spiritual adventure with you..I've seen religion differently as I was taught...n I've always thought that a lot of religion was the same....
    For example ...I love this...where Jesus was born to a virgin woman...n in greek a warrior was born to a virgin rock.....something like that...I think...which always question my
    religion...what I feel what comes down to it is the universe or God in you...

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    1. It gives us a lot to think about in our spiritual journey. There's nothing wrong with questioning things. It's how we learn. There is no one way that we are supposed to follow. Jesus and all the other Avatars came to get us back to our "right minds," to remind us that we are responsible for our own spiritual growth.

      Blessings.
      Penny

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  6. I did enjoy this, and I have the complete Nag Hammadi texts at my house in the states, I have tried to explain to my wife and others that the 66 books making up the classic bible were picked out from many to serve the purpose of the few, But it falls on deft ears.I also have the scripture according to St. Thomas and another that is said to be by Mary Magdalene. I do not understand why man can not accept the fact that if she walked next to Jesus all those years, why shouldn't her voice be heard. Surely she would know as much as the other 12.

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    1. Chef William,

      I agree. The 66 books in the canon were chosen by those who had a specific agenda. When looking at the Nag Hammadi texts alongside of the books canonized in the classic bible, we see an enormous amount of diversity of thought and practice in the early Christian movement, much more so than most Christians later acknowledged or even imagined.

      My investigation into Mary Magdalene shows that she was the victim of a smear campaign. Sources have shown that she was a woman of means who funded Jesus' ministry.

      There's so much that has been hidden from us. I could go on and on!

      Thank you for stopping in and sharing! I appreciate your thoughts.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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    2. I've also encountered the Gospel of Mary Magdalen, and its strange history over the last century, ALMOST being published, but war and floods interfering ... I also feel she played a pivotal role in the story, which has been ignored for decades!
      Love this image of embodying the teachings.

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    3. So true, Dia. There's so much more to her story than what we have been led to believe.

      Thanks for stopping in!
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  7. This is the same teaching that I got from learning about what most people call "communion" that we call "The Holy Eucharist" in Catholicism.

    Which literally means "an action of thanksgiving to God." The Greek words eucharistein and eulogein recall the Jewish blessings that proclaim - especially during a meal - God's works: creation, redemption, and sanctification.

    AS for the Church interpreting things for the people, the hope was that God lead Church leaders to pass on the message and left out things that may have been confusing.

    There is a current website called Asktherealjesus who explains why some of these "lost" texts are being discovered now because the populace is now at the Spiritual awareness level necessary for them to be able to correctly interpret what they mean.

    Of course, this website also goes over the human errors that existed and now are in the process of being corrected so all is progressing very well.

    That is, if you believe any of what that site says to be true.

    I find much of it to ring true to me but each of us would have to decide on that in our own hearts.

    I really do LOVE your posts Penny.

    They draw out thought from me that I had not been thinking priorly.

    Thank you,

    :-)

    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy!

      I'm not familiar with the website, but I will definitely check it out. When I was in seminary, I found myself gravitating to these "lost" texts and doing a lot of comparative study as a result. The challenge of translating ancient texts is trying to capture the nuances of the language; they get lost in translation. When I read the New Testament in the ancient Greek in which it was written, I see a whole different Jesus than when I read it in English. You come to see his humor and sarcasm; you see a whole different side to his personality. Pretty fascinating stuff.

      But like you said, the hope was that God would lead church leaders to pass on the message and it left out things that may have been confusing.

      The scribes who copied these books were human and they made mistakes.

      I'm glad my posts set you on the path of thinking :-)

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Kathy!
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  8. What an educational post and comments it brought. The theme of questioning history or historical reports of religious/spiritual/traditions from times past is fascinating and a very worthwhile pursuit in my humble opinion. This is what I have found myself doing my entire life starting as a teenager in order to find answers and understanding to who and what we are. Thanks for a great and thought-provoking post.

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    1. Thank you, Rochelle.

      I'm with you on the questioning...I used to question things so much in Sunday School that I got kicked out! Imagine that.

      I'm so glad this resonated with you! Thank you for dropping in and commenting.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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